Guru Gowrappan
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Guru
Gowrappan

EVP / Group CEO

Gowrappan made bold moves into cutting-edge tech, launching Verizon Media Immersive, a VR/AR/MR platform for advertising and content powered by 5G technology, and closing a multi-year deal with the NBA that encapsulates a marketing partnership with Yahoo Sports and live VR telecasts of games by RYOT. Under his leadership, Verizon Media tackled the pandemic head-on, instituting Wellness Fridays for employees with guests ranging from soccer player Abby Wambach to author Deepak Chopra, and launching a coronavirus hub on Yahoo News, along with #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event discussing mental health for young athletes. It also donated $10 million worth of ad inventory to mental health organizations’ efforts to address the pandemic.

Career

  • Yahoo!
  • Alibaba Group
  • Zynga

Education

  • University of Madras (India)
  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)
  • Dartmouth College (NH, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Yahoo Names Jim Lanzone, Ex-Tinder and CBS Interactive Boss, as CEO

Yahoo Names Jim Lanzone, Ex-Tinder and CBS Interactive Boss, as CEO

Yahoo, less than two weeks after officially separating from Verizon, announced digital media veteran Jim Lanzone as its new CEO.Lanzone, most recently CEO of Tinder and former head of CBS Interactive, will join Yahoo on Sept. 27. He will join the company less than a month after the close of the $5 billion deal to sell Verizon Media (renamed Yahoo) to Apollo Group. Lanzone takes over for former Verizon Media chief Guru Gowrappan, who has been named a senior adviser...

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